Blended learning is an educational model in which students learn through both the online delivery of content and instruction for a portion of the day. To improve learning and maximize instructional time, students alternate in a rotation: engaging with teachers, with peers, and with online content tailored to their learning pace and progress. Students with similar instructional needs are grouped together based on data collected and analyzed from the students’ time learning on the computer. A blended learning program enables teachers to deliver customized, differentiated small group instruction and regularly review student progress.
What Is the Goal of Blended Learning?
• To personalize learning through employing today’s technology
• To expand learning opportunities in the context of the Common Core (State Standards) and other emerging standards
• To promote the right combination of “high tech” and “traditional” teaching methods in order to achieve the best individualized student outcomes
Blended learning will improve our academic curriculum by combining high-quality online education programming with great classroom teaching.
This combination will benefit our students and teachers in several important ways:
• Enables teachers to work closely with individual students as well as small groups which have similar instructional needs
• Provides teachers with the ability to focus on each child’s individual strengths and weaknesses
• Allows teachers to customize digital learning for each child based on his/her aptitude and ability
• Promotes greater student productivity
• Learning is more interesting for students
• Utilizes technology to motivate hard to reach students
• Creates the platform to provide multiple learning strategies
• Provides more accurate assessments of student progress in key areas of phonemic awareness, emergent reading, and math
• Enables teachers to track each child’s progress and assign appropriate class work as well as send home individualized instructional resources (to allow children to advance at their own level)
• Allows children to develop greater independent learning skills